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MPharm Interview Pass Rates

Hi, I'm a Northern Irish Year 13 (lower sixth) pupil interested in applying for Pharmacy next year. I'm sure this is a stupid question, but are there any known pass rates for the interview section of application for various unis/is there a lot of variation between what percentage of applicants are given offers depending on the university?
Or is it more that if there is a low standard of interview performance that year then fewer offers are made?

Also, slightly irrelevant and maybe kind of obvious question: do different universities do different styles of interview? I would assume so, but a lot of this course is quite similar no matter where you go (so graduates meet the necessary standards) so I might be wrong. Are there any unis known for being especially rigourous/relaxed during interview?

Just curious as while the MPharm course interests me, the idea of doing an interview makes me slightly uneasy and knowledge of a certain university's low interview pass rate would definitely be more useful now rather than in a year's time as I don't want to accidentally apply to 5 insanely selective universities and get no offers. I'm currently considering applying to Queens Belfast, Ulster Uni, Cardiff, Bath or Strathclyde (still researching courses so not set in stone) or maybe to some Pharmacology courses in case I bomb every single interview.

Any advice or information particularly from current offer holders who have recently interviewed for MPharm would be greatly appreciated. Sorry for rambling so much!!
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hello,
from my personal experience i actually applied for mpharm twice last year and this year.
Initially last year i did fall off in my A level results which pushed me into taking a gap year retaking them and still committing to pursue pharmacy to carry on my parents footsteps.
I would say there isn’t a particular acceptance rate, but i did DEFINITELY learn alot from my previous application, in all sorts of aspects.
My previous sixthform put me in having the thought of disadvantage that i wouldnt get the offer because of how competitive it is to get into mpharm, but i would definitely say the complete opposite, even in the sense of interviews, they are very simple and easy going you just have to show them the confidence AND YOURSELF!!! they do ask questions related to your personality in situations and somewhat test to see your honesty in some scenarios. BUT reapplying and retaking my exams may be the best thing ive done so stay persistent with what u want to do and hopefully the outcome is worth it xxx
Original post by sr.06
Hi, I'm a Northern Irish Year 13 (lower sixth) pupil interested in applying for Pharmacy next year. I'm sure this is a stupid question, but are there any known pass rates for the interview section of application for various unis/is there a lot of variation between what percentage of applicants are given offers depending on the university?
Or is it more that if there is a low standard of interview performance that year then fewer offers are made?
Also, slightly irrelevant and maybe kind of obvious question: do different universities do different styles of interview? I would assume so, but a lot of this course is quite similar no matter where you go (so graduates meet the necessary standards) so I might be wrong. Are there any unis known for being especially rigourous/relaxed during interview?
Just curious as while the MPharm course interests me, the idea of doing an interview makes me slightly uneasy and knowledge of a certain university's low interview pass rate would definitely be more useful now rather than in a year's time as I don't want to accidentally apply to 5 insanely selective universities and get no offers. I'm currently considering applying to Queens Belfast, Ulster Uni, Cardiff, Bath or Strathclyde (still researching courses so not set in stone) or maybe to some Pharmacology courses in case I bomb every single interview.
Any advice or information particularly from current offer holders who have recently interviewed for MPharm would be greatly appreciated. Sorry for rambling so much!!

Hey, i was also in your position when applying for pharmacy.

i was never a confident person and i felt like i wouldn't be able to pass the interview as i've never had any experience of doing them. I was so close to not applying because of the interview but a lot of my teachers and friends were saying that i shouldn't stop myself from chasing my dreams because of one interview. Like i'm going to be interviewed eventually so i cant just keep avoiding it.

So i applied and tried to forget about the interview until it came lol. i applied to one of the uni's you mentioned, Strathclyde. The interview was a lot different to what i was expecting tbh. Idk if the Strathclyde interview is similar to how other uni's will interview you.

The process for their interview was after you received an offer, you will be given a date for your interview and they'll send you a link to a website to complete questions on an ethical scenario. i think you had to complete it at least 2 days before your interview date. Then when it came to your interview, which is online, they will ask you questions based on your answers.

My interview didn't go the way i was hoping it would go. It was a really short interview for me, only lasted 5 minutes which was why i didn't think i was going to pass. The reason why it was cut short was because of internet issues but i think she was just kinda frustrated with me. i knew she could see how nervous i was and i felt like after the interview i should just give up and look at other options.

i did get an email saying i passed the interview though which was a surprise to me. i also only applied to just one pharmacy course so if i didnt pass then i would be screwed rn.

All im tryna say is if i somehow passed that interview, then i am sure you will as well. The questions were not difficult at all, i felt like i was just repeating the answers i had written down on that website. i think i was just nervous talking to her since the interview was really important for me. i think you'll honestly be fine. i don't think the pharmacy course at Strathclyde is competitive tbh, im just an average gal with good grades, im nobody special.

One thing the lady did tell me during my interview was my grades mattered more than the interview. i still need to do well in my exams this year to get in but that made me feel less stressed as i was waiting for the email about if i passed or not.

Sorry i can only talk about the interview for Strathclyde but i hope ive made you feel less nervous for them.
Interviews vary - from those who really just wanted a short chat about you, your motivations and work experience. Some had a few ethics questions thrown in, but they were straightforward and some had some basic maths questions (GCSE standard at worst). The worst was Nottingham - different stations and tested application of organic chemistry. Really hard. However, i'm quite a quiet person, struggle with this sort of thing, and got 5 offers from 5 interviews with AAB as predicted grades. You'll be fine. Apply to whereever you want. Learn the pharmacy standards, think about how you meet them already e.g through work experience, think about your motivations and then just relax.

My main advice would be apply early! They say equal consideration if you apply before Jan, but I genuinely believe putting my application in early helped with the offers. Saw far more rejections Jan onwards....
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Original post by sr.06
Hi, I'm a Northern Irish Year 13 (lower sixth) pupil interested in applying for Pharmacy next year. I'm sure this is a stupid question, but are there any known pass rates for the interview section of application for various unis/is there a lot of variation between what percentage of applicants are given offers depending on the university?
Or is it more that if there is a low standard of interview performance that year then fewer offers are made?
Also, slightly irrelevant and maybe kind of obvious question: do different universities do different styles of interview? I would assume so, but a lot of this course is quite similar no matter where you go (so graduates meet the necessary standards) so I might be wrong. Are there any unis known for being especially rigourous/relaxed during interview?
Just curious as while the MPharm course interests me, the idea of doing an interview makes me slightly uneasy and knowledge of a certain university's low interview pass rate would definitely be more useful now rather than in a year's time as I don't want to accidentally apply to 5 insanely selective universities and get no offers. I'm currently considering applying to Queens Belfast, Ulster Uni, Cardiff, Bath or Strathclyde (still researching courses so not set in stone) or maybe to some Pharmacology courses in case I bomb every single interview.
Any advice or information particularly from current offer holders who have recently interviewed for MPharm would be greatly appreciated. Sorry for rambling so much!!

Hi! Current Mpharm first year at Ulster here! I'm not too sure on the pass rate so to speak, but I'd say this. You will be only the second or maybe third year to have the interview as it currently is. They are still refining and tweaking it a little from what I can tell.

Regardless, the lecturers who do it are quite lovely, are very easy to get along with, especially in the interview they really let you speak and sell yourself. All you need to do to pass is to imagine your self as a pharmacist in certain scenarios, and then tell them why you want to do the course. The questions are very open ended on purpose, they want YOU to tell them why YOU want to be a pharmacist, and what your particular opinions are. The best advice I can give you is there genuinely aren't any wrong answers here. I remember in my interview I had Mr Jack. for it, and at the end of a segment, we both ended up with completely different ideas on how to approach a situation, and we both appreciated listening to an alternate opinion.

End of the day, as long as you try your best, give some logic reasoning skills, and are semi prepared, I see no reason why anyone should fail this segment of administration. I think its even more to try prepare you for what kind of a degree it is, a lot of it is patient based, so having an interview can even be seen as a bit of practice for the horrors that are the OSCE's. You'll learn what those are soon enough haha, Good luck! : )

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